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EC’s Suvidha Portal sees over 73,000 applications from political parties, candidates

The Election Commission of India’s Suvidha platform has witnessed a surge in activity since the announcement of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections and enforcement of the model code of conduct (MCC), according to a press release by the Election Commission of India.

The portal has received more than 73,000 applications from political parties and candidates, out of which 44,600 requests have already been approved. This surge in activity reflects the platform’s dedication to transparency and efficiency in managing elections.

However, not all requests met with approval, as approximately 11,200 requests were rejected, constituting 15% of the total received. Additionally, 10,819 applications were deemed invalid or duplicate and subsequently cancelled, reflecting the platform’s stringent validation process.

State-wise analysis reveals that Tamil Nadu topped the list with 23,239 requests, followed by West Bengal with 11,976 and Madhya Pradesh with 10,636. Conversely, states like Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, and Manipur registered the lowest number of requests, emphasizing regional variations in engagement with the electoral process.

The Suvidha Portal operates on the principle of ‘First in First out’, ensuring equal treatment for all parties and candidates, the release stated, adding that this approach allows for a level playing field.

It caters to a wide range of activities crucial for election campaigns, including organizing rallies, setting up temporary party offices, conducting door-to-door canvassing, deploying video vans and helicopters, obtaining vehicle permits, and distributing campaign material.

The Suvidha Portal, accessible through its dedicated platform (https://suvidha.eci.gov.in).

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